New Times / Art
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 33
The SLOIFF is another rousing success!The SLOIFF brings out old surf dudes and cinephiles!
BY GLEN STARKEY
On Friday, March 7, the Fremont Theater has that same manic energy as a full house packs in to watch 1972’s Five Summer Stories and listen to Honk play after the surf documentary. I start the evening over at local artist Mark Freear’s house. When my wife and I arrive, he’s got a tri-tip cooking over a wood fire, and soon a couple old pals—former Cal Poly students Mike Allen and David Bender—show up from Santa Barbara, their SUV piled high with surfboards.
After we eat, everyone heads down to the Fremont. Aside from the sound and picture coming out-of-synch toward the end of the film, a good time is had by all.
Like a lot of the old-timers in the Fremont, Mark, David, and Mike have every intention of hitting the dawn patrol the next day, but when I text Mark in the morning, he writes back, “We are sooooo hung still.”
It happens. So it’s Saturday, March 8, and tonight The Dude (Jeff Bridges) will be on hand to receive the King Vidor Award, presented by James Cromwell.
They’re serving White Russians in honor of Bridges’ role as Jeffrey Lebowski, or “Caucasians” as The Dude called ’em. People are sort of sauced. There’s glamour and glitz. Bridges is exuding an air of utter coolness. And it’s all right here in SLO Town. Pretty cool, SLOIFF! You’re classing up the joint again!
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